Moderated by Jeffrey Hogrefe and Scott Ruff
If the African American experience emerges from the structure of slavery, what does architecture have to say to that experience, and what can the formerly enslaved say to an architecture whose primary purpose is to fortify the state? This is a question that we are asking again in response to the escalation of state violence toward people of color, which is taking place at the same time as the emergence of a Black aesthetic that has resulted in the Museum of African American History in Washington, DC.
The “In Search of African American Space” anthology centers on the work of architects Yolande Daniels, Rodney Leon, and Scott Ruff, whose practices have led them to search for African American space in many different forms, and on the work of visual theorists Radiclani Clytus and Ann Holder and performance artist Marisa Williamson, who have mined the topic for new ways of viewing the emerging post slavery subject. The contributions in the anthology were taken from a symposium that was held at Pratt Institute to coincide with a studio taught by Frederick Biehle on the Underground Railroad. The anthology highlights the importance of the Underground Railroad in defining a conceptual space that still has resonances in the ongoingness of the African American experience of surveillance, enclosure, fugitivity, and stasis that has been inherited from slavery and abolition and mapped into the present in horrific new forms of criminalization of blackness.
The colloquium will address the process of turning a symposium into an anthology within the specific requirements of the important and sensitive topic.
Jeffrey Hogrefe is Associate Professor, Humanities and Media Studies/Architecture at Pratt Institute.
Scott Ruff is Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute.
Jason Compere is a Pratt Undergraduate Architecture student.
Joe Mendoza is a Pratt Undergraduate Architecture alumnus.
Massi Surratt is a Pratt Undergraduate Architecture student.
The ArchiteXX Reading Group meets the second Tuesday of the month to facilitate discussion on women in architecture and urban planning through a variety of critical reading materials.
This month's readings:
Butler, Judith. “Bodily Inscription, Performative Subversions,” Gender Trouble. New York: Routledge, 1999. 163-180.
Retter, Yolanda, Anne-Marie Bouthillette, Gordon Brent Ingram, Eds. Queers in Space: Communities, Public Places, Sites of Resistance. Bay Press, 1997. “Lost in Space: Queer Theory and Community Activism at the Fin-de-Millénaire.” 2-15; “Making Room: Queerscape Architectures and the Spaces of Activism.” 1-8.
Preciado, Beatriz. “Architecture as a Practice of Biopolitical Disobedience.” Log 25, 2012. 121-134
On the weekend of the AIA National Convention in New York City, the Lobby will engage with neglected issues that fundamentally determine the direction of our discipline.
This Think-In is divided into two parts over two days: active engagement with relevant sessions at the AIA National convention to ensure substantive dialogues on professional issues on Friday, June 22; and Think-In panel discussions on Saturday, June 23 at Prime Produce that examine the theme of Infrastructure. Infrastructure is the network of systems necessary for an organization to function. When those systems are degraded enough, the defining functions of the organization fail. The Architecture Lobby has selected this theme for its first National Think-In to generate a way forward and rebuild our discipline’s infrastructure.
Full line-up will be announced soon. It will include Now What?! curator Andrea J. Merrett.
1. Black Women Architects: A History of Activism 11:00–11:45
Moderator: Roberta Washington
- Alexa Donaphin, AIA, NOMA
- Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA, NOMA
- Katherine Williams, AIA, NOMA
2. Out of the Shadows: Telling the Story of African American Architects 11:45–12:30
Moderator: Pascale Sablan or Roberta Washington
- Kathleen Ettienne, NOMA
- Brad Grant, AIA, NOMA
- Melvin Mitchell, FAIA, NOMA
Super-tall luxury towers are the latest installation in the ongoing story of NY’s hot real-estate market…yet they threaten to rapidly gentrify their surroundings and displace long-time residents and businesses.
Join members of the Collective for Community, Culture, and Environment and other design and planning professionals to explore how community-led planning and policy development, urban design, legal and organizing strategies can shape the fight against rapid gentrification, segregation, and displacement – and offer beautiful, sustainable and equitable alternatives.
The panelists will share perspectives and proposals on the creation/preservation of affordability in NYC's hot markets – and how this could impact community planning nation-wide.
The panel discussion will be held at Pratt’s Higgins Hall in Brooklyn, designed by architect Steven Holl.
- Moses Gates, Vice President for Housing and Neighborhood Planning, Regional Plan Association
- Chris Walters, Rezoning Technical Assistance Coordinator, Ass’n for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD)
- Eva Hanhardt, City and Environmental Planning Consultant, Collective for Community, Culture & Environment
- Meta Brunzema, Architect / Urban Designer, Collective for Community, Culture & Environment and ArchiteXX
- Eve Baron, Planner and Chairperson, Pratt GCPE and Collective for Community, Culture & Environment (moderator)
Join us at the exhibition Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968, located at Pratt Institute, by writing a Wikipedia entry for at least one woman architect, designer, or activist.
ArchiteXX, Pratt School of Design, and Wikimedia NYC would like to invite everyone to help write Wikipedia entries for designers, architects, and activists from marginalized groups during this critical exhibition. This event is part of our global efforts to write in a diverse representation of women, which we have been coordinating with Parlour (Australia) and n-ails (Berlin). Our #WikiD guides to editing Wikipedia are available here to help you.
Write with us! New and experienced editors are welcome to this workshop in Brooklyn on June 16 2-4pm, at Pratt Institute's Higgins Hall, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn, NY. Sign up here
Join Ronald Shiffman, Pratt Professor Emeritus and founder of the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development (PICCED), and emerging activist designers in conversation on urban equity work in New York, 1963 to today. Responding to the Now What?! exhibition, speakers will present their design activism projects, addressing what it takes to move from planning to implementation.
Prof. Shiffman will tell the story of the formation of PICCED and how the group’s strategies have supported local communities for over 50 years. Francisca Benítez will speak about anti-displacement struggles in Chinatown and the Lower East Side and about why the city should adopt the Chinatown Working Group plan; Ifeoma Ebo will share her design and community engagement work with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; and Maria de la Torre will show the latest project of Hester Street. We will discuss the work of women and non-binary leaders not only in design but also in the communities with whom we collaborate.
Ronald Shiffman, Professor Emeritus, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
Francisca Benitez, Artist and urban activist
Ifeoma Ebo, Senior Design Advisor, Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice
Moderator: Karen Kubey, Urbanist specializing in housing and health; Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute